FEEL THE ENERGY

YOGA & QIGONG FOR ALL BODIES & MINDS

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 THE ARTS OF

YOGA & QIGONG

YOGA MEETS QIGONG

Combining the practices of Qigong and Yoga will create a unique total body/mind fitness routine. Imagine Qigong as your effortless energy making machine, lubricating your joints and calming your mind as you move smoothly with your breath and Yoga as your feel-good mindful fitness routine stretching and breathing with intention. Qigong has its roots in the ancient practice of Taoism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Confucianism and Yoga firmly sits in the ancient wisdom of Hinduism, Buddhism and Ayurveda. Yoga actually migrated to China from India and has been slowly adapted to the Chinese culture over thousands of years to form almost 3000 different schools of modern Qigong including Tai Chi. 


I have been practicing various Yoga & Qigong art forms for over 20 years and am excited to highlight my absolute favourites from my own personal experience. Yoga and Qigong are multi-faceted disciplines, there are a myriad of practices with completely varying intentions.  I am most interested in teaching accessible forms of Yoga & Qigong that anyone can practice to improve their mind and body awareness. I do not teach complicated poses that require extraordinary flexibility. Each body is unique in its bone structure and has its own set of limitations. My job as a teacher is to inform you how to be aware of where your edge lies and not to go beyond it where injury often awaits an unaware Yogi or Qigong practitioner. This awareness is developed by practicing with intention and attention to this very moment, taking note to dive inside to know how your body feels and give space to accept it as it is today. I take special attention on creating intuitive movement sequences in the traditional yoga forms of hatha & vinyasa, connecting breath and movement with a special emphasis on personal creative expression.  The additional Yoga art forms I teach include the disciplines of Kundalini, Yin, Restorative Yoga Nidra and Taoist Yoga.  I teach Holden Qigong which is a Westernized, more intuitive and accessible version than the more traditional Chinese Qigong schools. 


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YOGAFUSION

VITALITY & FOCUS

Elements of Tao Yin Qigong and Yoga combine to create a gentle breath focused yin & yang flow accessible for all bodies and experience levels. Although a basic knowledge of yoga is recommended, it is not necessary to participate in class as the movements are accessible for most beginners who possess a basic body awareness.  We will be moving freely between yoga and qigong stretches and flows awakening stagnant energy, refreshing and revitalising the mind and body.

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QIGONG

CALM & BALANCE

Qigong is the ultimate moving meditation. Go with the flow as you fine tune and guide your energy the Taoist way in this standing practice. We will explore traditional and more modern interpretations of Qigong sequences including a full body warm up followed by a flow of moving meditations targeting specific energy meridians. This class is appropriate for all bodies and minds, no experience is necessary and all movements can be modified to suit any body challenges.

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YIN YOGA

AWARENESS & ACCEPTANCE

Cultivate conscious attention to sensations in your unique body while holding gentle supported poses creating strength and fluidity in the joints, bones and connective tissues.  Yin Yoga is a Taoist based practice on the ancient meridian system found in Qigong. Using props such as pillows, bolsters, blocks, straps and whatever you might have in your space, we will support the body in about 6 different postures holding each for about 3-5 minutes to target stress in specific areas to encourage hydration of fascia, ligaments, joints, tendons and the strength of bone density.  Highly recommended for anyone with lower back or hip challenges.

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BREATHWORK & MEDITATION

NEUTRALIZE & ENERGIZE

Build resilience in the nervous system and restructure the neurone in your brain through simple breath exercises and meditations from Kundalini Yoga. This is a seated practice with a short stretching warm-up followed by a breathwork sequence and concluding with a meditation.  This class is appropriate for anyone with a body who wants less stress and more focus in everyday life. Learn how to respond instead of react to life's challenges over time.